‘Let’s get baked’ read the t-shirt. Our nanny had no clue what that meant: Mom 4/20
What is going on in my house? My 16-year-old daughter and our nanny are wearing cannabis leaves on their clothing.
Just after Christmas, my children’s fabulous nanny walked into the kitchen wearing a Christmassy T-shirt with a gingerbread man on it and a line that read, “LET’S GET BAKED!” I broke out into laughter, asked her where she got the shirt and if she knew what “Let’s get baked!” meant, since she also loves to actually bake banana bread, cupcakes and cookies.
Our nanny’s English is perfect. She’s lived in Canada for years. But she had no clue, not even an inkling, that the “LET’S GET BAKED” t-shirt was meant to be a pun for cannabis lovers or as a joke to wear. It was not meant for people who like to bake banana bread.
I explained to her that sentence meant getting buzzed from cannabis. Even funnier? The cute gingerbreadman on her t-shirt was also…smoking a joint! My nanny and I laughed so hard that it would seem, to an outsider, that we were actually high on something, at 7:30 in the morning. It turns out the only reason she had bought the holiday-cannabis-themed shirt was because it cost …three dollars. That’s right. She bought a t-shirt with a stoned gingerbread man on it because it was cheap.
Then, because I laughed so hard over her cannabis-themed Christmas shirt, our nanny assumed I wanted one too.
When I arrived home that same day, on my kitchen table I saw a t-shirt, with the words, HAPPY HOLIDAZE, featuring a Christmas tree shaped like a big cannabis leaf, with little bongs under it. “It was the closest I could find for you, Rebecca,” she said. “They didn’t have the one I was wearing.” So sweet! And only three dollars!
Then there’s my sixteen year-old daughter. Two nights ago I walked into her room, she was lying on her bed, her laptop on her stomach, doing homework. The first thing I noticed was her socks, covered with cannabis leaves.
“You know those are cannabis leaves right?” I asked her.
“Yeah, I know,” she responded, sounding bored. She did not give a crap that I knew she was wearing socks with cannabis leaves on them. She told me one of her friends gave them to her as a gift. To my underage daughter, wearing cute socks are totally in. She also owns socks with pineapples, cupcakes and cute dogs on them.
I reminded her, again, she’s underage, and just because cannabis is legal, she still can’t use it. Luckily, she’s not interested in cannabis. That’s probably because teens do the exact opposite of their mothers.
As for the socks, she goes to a school that has a strict dress code, so even if she wanted to wear them to school, she couldn’t. If she didn’t have a dress code, I probably would let her wear them to school, because I recognize that the socks are just a fashion trend.
I do find it funny that I have a nanny who sometimes wears a “LET’S GET BAKED” t-shirt, and a teenage daughter who sometimes wears socks with cannabis leaves, yet I’m the only one in the house who actually uses. Now I’m off to ask my nanny if she will bake some banana bread. After all, she loves to bake, not be baked!
Rebecca Eckler is the Executive Editor of SavvyMom.ca
Written by Rebecca Eckler, Mom 4/20